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December 20, 2011

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The Mayor and Council of the Borough of Point Pleasant Beach met at 4:02PM with Mayor Barrella and Council Members Tooker, Hennessy, Rizzo, Corbally and Reid present. Councilman Lurie arrived at 4:10PM. The Municipal Clerk read the notice indicating compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.

Upon consent of Council, closed session was moved to the end of the meeting.

Department head memo regarding 1906 Beacon Lane curb cut request was discussed.
Mrs. Zarrillo, 1906 Beacon Lane: only house on Beacon Lane without an entrance to the street due to a hump of grass, which belongs to the borough – have lived there more than 30 years – 4 years ago, knocked down the house and put entrance on Delaware, a street on which you can’t park – husband has a handicap spot in the street – have come off Beacon on their neighbor’s apron in the past, and parked on the stones – neighbors put ties along their driveway, so they can no longer do that – can’t park on Rte. 35 – dangerous for her daughter, with two kids, to park across the street – asking to make a driveway or passageway over the hump – per Code Enforcement Officer Petrillo, they cannot make another driveway on Delaware (Councilman Corbally: unique piece of property – has no problem with what they’d like to do, but need engineering drawings – can see people using it as a drive-through; Mayor Barrella: advised her to see Mrs. Petrillo and get her opinion on what is needed in terms of plans, etc.; Mayor Barrella: asked Administrator Riehl to have Mrs. Petrillo research public right-of-way, per Attorney Gannon’s suggestion.

Motion by Councilman Corbally, to approve December 6, 2011 Council meeting minutes, was seconded by Councilman Hennessy and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Tooker, Hennessy, Rizzo, Corbally, Lurie, Reid….YEA

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PERIOD (Non-Agenda Items,
First Reading of Ordinances and Resolutions) OPENED AT 4:14PM

Dan Hennessy, PPB: wished all Merry Christmas and Happy, Healthy New Year – congratulated the Mayor on another 4 years of leading the town – offered assistance from 20 years in that seat; many challenges facing this governing body – hurdles never seen before; expressed appreciation to Councilman Rizzo for community service – well liked, people will miss him, did a good job – wished him good health in the new year; Councilman Hennessy, did what he believed in, heard the people and tried to hold the line on spending – honored his oath – economic times we live in are unprecedented – might be surprised about how many people will miss you – commended him for sticking to his principles and values.
Anne Lightburn, PPB: husband walks Boardwalk every day – this week, he tripped on an elevated board – wanted Council to understand the severity of Boardwalk disrepair – she tripped one day too – not talking about spending a lot of money, maybe DPW can nail or shave them down (Mayor Barrella: asked Administrator Riehl to have DPW Superintendent Trout and maybe Engineer Savacool look at it) will have her husband circle the place where he fell with chalk – she almost fell by the fire hydrant near Martell’s.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PERIOD (Non-Agenda Items,
First Reading of Ordinances and Resolutions) ENDED AT 8:21PM.

Councilman Lurie: asked for an explanation of items 2b and 2h (Mayor Barrella: 2b regards Point Pleasant’s notice of pending waterfront development ordinance – has concerns for Arnold Avenue residents and those who live around the area of Clark’s Landing – Bay Head’s Mayor Curtis also has issues and asked them to slow down – that might be a good idea; Administrator Riehl: 2h is a transfer resolution to cover accounts that would otherwise go over-expended at year-end – money that’s already in the budget) Mayor Barrella opened discussion to the public.
Mr. Conti, PPB: believes Clark's Landing wants to build another restaurant – comes from the Italian Riviera, so he knows about tourism – should remain a boat yard for boating and fishing – has nothing against a restaurant, but not at the detriment of our shore area – respect the tourists, the shore and our way of living – Arnold Avenue is not the greatest area for cars and they will be zooming in and out of Clarks Landing (Mayor Barrella: what Pt. Pleasant does with Clark’s Landing and the boat slips is their business – our business is the impact on Arnold Avenue and Pt. Pleasant Beach – slowing down and evaluating these things is a good idea) it is our business – if they do it there, people will want to do it here.
Marilyn Burke, PPB: wished all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year; asked about item 1b (Administrator Riehl: combination sewer jet vac/cleaner – getting $250,000 forgiveness loan through EIT to fund the purchase – don’t have to pay it back).
Joanne Pehlivanian, Bay Head: Clark’s Landing wants to build a 3 storey, 55,000 sq. ft. building near the marina, reducing the boat slips – that means there will be two wedding facilities at Clark’s Landing – will increase Arnold Avenue traffic on weekend nights – would like the Beach to urge the Borough to think about this before the Boro considers the ordinance tonight – Mayor Curtis wrote a letter opposing it because it will affect Bay Head residents who shop in Pt. Pleasant Beach everyday – ordinance would include banquet facilities and restaurants in marine commercial properties.
Sylvia Ferrie, Pt. Pleasant: children attended St Peter School – loves Pt. Pleasant Beach and the area – will affect every marina in Pt. Pleasant, changing the landscape – we are like brother and sister towns – this will affect all of us – as marinas change, they will reduce their slips, affecting the ecology of the fishing and people with their boating – would be instrumental if anyone can help their community (Mayor Barrella: only concerned about the impact on Pt. Pleasant Beach – we have no business interfering in what the Boro wants to do) the curve by the printing company on Arnold Avenue is dangerous – will affect parking, crime – will become a Jenkinson’s at this part of town if you don’t control the cars coming in and out.
Councilman Reid: don't think we should be involved in our neighboring community.
Motion by Councilwoman Tooker, to close public participation and adopt resolutions covering items listed below, was seconded by Councilman Hennessy and carried by roll call vote.
CONSENT RESOLUTION 1:
a) Support for A-3558/S-2339 allowing local assessor to perform reassessment through exterior
inspections within 8 years of last full (interior/exterior) reassessment
b) Authorization for Boro Engineer to bid combination sewer cleaner, subject to EIT program
financing approval
c) Payment to Firefighter One for rescue air hammer, light, etc ($1950.26)
d) Approval of Payroll #25 ($218,445.89)
e) Payment to Firefighter One for attack hose & couplings ($1845.60)
f) Payment to Allcomm Tech for FD pagers and batteries ($4698)
g) P O to Knox for master key retention system ($3307)
h) Payment to International Salt for rock salt ($3458.33)
i) Payment to Pedroni Fuel for diesel fuel ($7116.60)
j) Payment to Major Police Supply for emergency equip’t for police car ($2140.99)
CONSENT RESOLUTION 2:
a) Support S-3062 to protect video cable franchise related revenue and benefits for local
municipalities
b) Urge Boro of Pt Pleasant to hold waterfront property rezoning ordinance and look more
closely at consequences of legislation on all affected municipalities
c) Progress Payment #1 to Down to Earth Landscaping for ball field complex rehab ($120,023.54)
d) Release of dumpster bond ($250)
e) Release of dewatering bonds ($1670)
f) Change Order to JAC Excavating for Lake of Lillies dredge (-$41,375)
g) Payments to the Galvin Law Firm from BOA accounts ($1065)
h) Transfer of funds between 2011 budget accounts ($189,912)
VOTE: Council Members Tooker, Hennessy, Rizzo, Corbally, Lurie (all but item 2b),
Reid (all but item 2b)….YEA
Councilmen Lurie and Reid…..NAY (item 2b)

Ordinance 2011-25 (Shade Tree Ordinance Amendment) was considered on second reading. Mayor Barrella opened the public hearing, with no member of the public wishing to be heard.
Motion by Councilwoman Tooker, to close public participation and amend and adopt Ordinance 2011-25, was seconded by Councilman Hennessy and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Tooker, Hennessy, Rizzo, Corbally, Lurie and Reid….YEA

Ordinance 2011-26 (Reorganization Meeting) was considered on second reading. Mayor Barrella opened the public hearing, with no member of the public wishing to be heard.
Motion by Councilwoman Tooker, to close the public hearing and adopt Ordinance 2011-26, was seconded by Councilman Hennessy and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Tooker, Hennessy, Rizzo, Corbally, Lurie and Reid….YEA

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Councilwoman Tooker: downtown stores are open late on one more Friday night before Christmas; thanked Max Gagnon for pictures and for helping to install mini-windmill light at the Inlet; thanked Councilmen Hennessy and Rizzo for their service.

Councilman Hennessy: thanked all – Chief O’Hara, Administrator Riehl, Clerk Ellsworth and Attorney Gannon for working with him over the past year – trying three years; wished the Governing Body luck and a Happy, Healthy New Year; congratulated Mayor Barrella on leading the town the next four years and wished him luck; Councilman Rizzo is a good man and will be missed – been like big brother/father to him – urged him to stay involved, as he will; thanked all who supported him and all who participated in a respectful manner – reminded all to remain collegial, both public and Council; wished all a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, a Good New Year and a good future.

Councilman Rizzo: thanked Council members he worked with for last three years, thanked Police Department, despite their differences, and those who elected him; will continue to work with residents on their problems – important for residents to come and voice their opinions; hurt that the papers don't always publicize his issues; wished all a Merry Christmas and Happy, Healthy New Year.

Councilman Corbally: while they differ on most issues, Councilman Hennessy’s heart is always in the right place – has always been up front with him – wished him happiness with his family; wished Councilman Rizzo health; wished all Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Councilman Lurie: thanked Councilmen Rizzo and Hennessy for their service and wished all Happy Holidays.

Councilman Reid: thanked Councilmen Rizzo and Hennessy; wished all Happy Holidays; would like to address speeding on River Avenue, as priority next year – asked Administrator Riehl to setup a meeting with residents to meet with them and Chief O’Hara; Cooks Lane pumping station is terrible – would like work with Engineer Savacool and look into state funding to raise building and clean-up property; would like to work with Boardwalk businesses to extend litter patrol; spoke about replacing Ocean Avenue meters with boxes to bring in more revenue; regarding resident parking pass program, which works now, would like to address current ordinance and come up with a committee; wished all Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.

Mayor Barrella: passed a resolution supporting bill which extends the time for doing interior inspections in a reassessment to eight years – would save us substantial money – Ocean County Mayor’s Association has taken the same position on this issue – can assist by contacting Senator-elect Holzapfel, Assemblyman Wolfe, and Assemblyman-elect McGuckin (Councilman Lurie: per Assemblyman Gusiora, this is posted to be in committee on January 5th; Councilman Reid – spoke to Senator Jeff Van Drew – this is his bill – will reintroduce after this session – with our push, can get it moving – can set up a meeting with Senator Van Drew); Administrator Riehl has started working on budget – on track to complete around the same time as last year; mentioned about Cooks Lane and it was painted quickly – thanked Administrator Riehl and DPW; wished all a Merry Christmas.

Administrator Riehl: wished all Happy Holidays; left the room in order to submit an online report to EIT by the deadline.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PERIOD OPENED AT 4:52PM

Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: thanked Councilmen Hennessy and Rizzo for their service – wished them peace; thanked all borough employees; wished Council and employees a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year.
Frank Pagano, Clark's Landing – Pt. Pleasant: if there was a serious fire in PPB, Pt. Pleasant wouldn’t say it’s not their business, but would come over to help – this is about the tourism industry and zoning gone wild – need to look at what could potentially happen to the community – potential of 200 people coming out of one catering hall, and potentially another 200 people coming out of a catering hall, etc. – it's a significant, regional issue.
Vince Castin, PPB: congratulated Councilmen Rizzo and Hennessy on their service; recited “’Twas the Night Before Christmas in Pt. Pleasant Beach.”
Kristin Hennessy, PPB: appreciated Mr. Castin’s poetry and prose; wished all a Merry Christmas, a Happy Holiday and a Happy, Healthy New Year; thanked Councilmen Rizzo and Hennessy – proud of her brother – one of the hardest working Council members – has seen the time and effort he's put in – a model for future Council people to follow; Councilman Rizzo is a good and honorable man – people like and respect him – wished him continued good health going forward; disappointed that we're losing two dedicated taxpayer advocates; per 70% of people surveyed, the number one issue on the minds of the voters, residents and taxpayers is property taxes and municipal spending – quality of life came in second and must be addressed – asked Council to remember the taxpayer and look around every corner and under every rock for savings, whether cutting spending or generating new revenue sources – as a public employee, understands the need for public employees to feel valued, appreciated and respected, but taxpayers come first – they pay the bills and will decide at the polls who’s worthy of another term – should understand the huge responsibility and accountability to the taxpayers and voters – have taken a sworn oath to do due diligence.
Mayor Barrella: have walked the town three times – have always listened and worked towards streamlining government – have a dozen or so less employees than in the late 90's – the large government that existed in the 90s no longer exists in Point Pleasant Beach.
Anne Lightburn, PPB: wished all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year; thanked Council for voting for the Shade Tree Ordinance – will make a big difference – was sure Code Enforcement would appreciate it; sent all a picture of hole at the Inlet wall – same way it started two years ago – might want to look at addressing it sooner, rather than later.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PERIOD ENDED AT 5:08PM

Mayor Barrella asked Clerk Ellsworth to make the resolution regarding Pt. Pleasant’s ordinance available to the public and to e-mail a copy to Clerk Maffei in Pt. Pleasant – said he would text Pt. Pleasant Mayor Schroeder.

Motion by Councilman Lurie, to enter Closed Session to review December 6, 2011 Closed Session minutes and potential litigation, was seconded by Councilman Corbally and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Tooker, Hennessy, Rizzo, Corbally, Lurie and Reid….YEA

Closed session began at 5:10 PM and ended at 5:26 PM.

The meeting resumed at 5:29PM, with Mayor Barrella and Council members Tooker, Hennessy, Rizzo, Corbally, Lurie and Reid present.

Motion by Councilman Hennessy to approved December 6, 2011 Closed Session minutes was seconded by Councilman Rizzo and carried by unanimous consent of Council.

Upon motion by Councilman Lurie, with second by Councilman Hennessy, meeting was adjourned at 5:31PM by consent of Council.


TRANSCRIBED BY: Eileen Farrell, Deputy Clerk


ATTEST: Maryann Ellsworth, Municipal Clerk


Published February07, 2012 | Council Minutes | 1304


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